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Alai Minar...

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 21 April 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Alauddin Khilji started building the Alai Minar, after he had doubled the size of Quwwat ul-Islam mosque. He conceived this tower to be two times higher than Qutb Minar in proportion with the enlarged mosque. The construction was however abandoned, just after the completion of the 24.5 meter high first storey core; soon after death of Ala-ud-din in 1316 AD, and never taken up by his successors of Khilji dynasty. The first storey of the Alai Minar, a giant rubble masonry core, still stands today, which was evidently intended to be covered with dressed stone later on.

rem_la from Villiers, France

drole d'aspect !

21 Apr 2011 5:10am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Thanks for information...nice shot.

21 Apr 2011 8:36am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fascinating history, shame it was never completed.

21 Apr 2011 9:29am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Yes, thank for informations.

21 Apr 2011 9:52am

Thomas from Paris, France

Une temple assez original par sa forme.

21 Apr 2011 10:09am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

wonderful tones and detail!

21 Apr 2011 10:26am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia


21 Apr 2011 10:29am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

impressionnant empilement de pierres !!:)

21 Apr 2011 10:49am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I can imagine how it would look if it had ever been finished

21 Apr 2011 11:29am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb framing and detail on this fascinating ruin. Very interesting information as well.

21 Apr 2011 1:39pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow ! Great shot !

21 Apr 2011 1:49pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Interesting information to go with this impressive shot Sunder! ;-)

21 Apr 2011 3:32pm

Pieter from Davis, United States

like an abstract mosque

21 Apr 2011 3:32pm

Twojays from Emigrant, United States

What an astounding relic of amazing chunky rough texture and rich color. Looks like it should crumble, but will not for a long time I'm sure. Thank you so much for sharing the image and educating us.

21 Apr 2011 5:27pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

You always find such interesting structures to show us. It is wonderful.

21 Apr 2011 7:42pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An impressive structure even if it was never completed. I love those rich, warm colors.

21 Apr 2011 9:45pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture

21 Apr 2011 9:49pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Great perspective and very interesting

21 Apr 2011 10:47pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

What an unusual structure - well shot.

21 Apr 2011 11:11pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I think it is beautiful the way it stands now.

22 Apr 2011 4:34am